BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A 37-year-old woman from Baton Rouge has been crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020.
The competition was held Nov. 2 in Baton Rouge. Tamara Green took home the crown. Competition organizers say she was chosen because of her advocacy efforts for those with disabilities. Her platform, called Mental Health While Dealing with Day to Day Life, was shared at the crowning ceremony.
Green is a married mother of three kids. She was in a car wreck in 2001 that left her paralyzed from the waist down. While adjusting to life in a wheelchair, Green continued her education in the healthcare field. She later started her own business and is currently in the processing of opening another. Green says she wants to inspire and encourage those around her everyday. She says each day, she strived to be better than she was the day before.
As Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, Green will travel around the state and use her title to share her message and passion in order to provide education about those with disabilities. She will also work to increase public awareness and the mental health issues that go along with living with a disability. During summer of 2020, Green will represent Louisiana at the national Ms. Wheelchair America competition.
Karen Roy wore the crown in 2018 and was also named Ms. Wheelchair American in 2019.
“It has been an opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to helping the newly-crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020 as she takes her message around the state providing education and promoting advocacy for individuals with disabilities,” Roy said.
When she was 19, Roy was shot in the back during an armed robbery and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
In July of 2018, Roy was further recognized for her advocacy efforts by being crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2019.
The Ms. Wheelchair America program was established in 1972 as a forum for promoting the achievements and needs of persons with mobility challenges.
The Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana competition is a program of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA)/Louisiana chapter of the United Spinal Association.